Council for Responsible Sport Seeks Feedback On Certification Standards
Stakeholder review period opens for version 4.0 of the Council's certification standards, comments welcome from anyone with an interest in the production of socially and environmentally responsible sports events.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2012, Portland, OR: Keith Peters, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS), announced today that public comment on the Council's draft of updated certification standards is being solicited from the broad community of participant sports event organizers - from road races to triathlons to bike rides and more.
"The Council for Responsible Sport has been working on an update to our certification standards," said Peters. "Dubbed version 4.0, the new standards reflect learnings from 2011 and 2012 ParalympicsGB training camps, the 2012 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials and the recent Bank of America Chicago Marathon - all of which piloted and applied for certification under these new standards."
Peters added: "As we did in 2011 when we developed the current version of our certification standards, we worked closely with category experts in the field throughout the development of version 4.0 of our standards. Now the time has come to gather broad stakeholder input for these new standards, and we encourage all interested parties to comment."
To learn more about how to participate in this public process, please contact Keith Peters directly at [email protected]. Input will be accepted through Friday, December 14, 2012.
About the Council for Responsible Sport
Our vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm.
Our mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing, and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities.
Our ReSport Certification program provides a comprehensive method for event directors to incorporate environmental and socially responsible initiatives into their events, while informing stakeholders about events that adhere to a rigorous set of standards. ReSport Certified events range in size from ParalympicsGB Training Camps held at the University of Bath in the UK, with some 150 athletes participating, to the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia, with 55,077 timed finishers. To date, 40 different events have achieved certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, serving over 590,000 athletes in the process.
The current version of the ReSport Certification standards was developed by an outside working group of 18 sustainability experts and reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders. ReSport Certification is modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System, which certifies buildings and materials according to resource conservation and energy efficiency criteria.
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